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Rare Yellow Diamond Found in Canada

The largest Diamond ever found in North America was recently discovered in the Diavik Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories, Canada.  The yellow Diamond weighed in at 552 carats, stealing the crown from Canada’s previous largest diamond, which was 187.7 carats and also found in a Diavik mine. The Diavik Diamond is said to be about the size of a chicken egg, and is the 7th largest Diamond to be found worldwide so far this century. The Diamond’s value is yet to be determined as its use, but it is slated to be polished and cut down soon. The rare...
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Deconstructing the 4 C’s of Diamond Grading: Color

By now you may have heard of the “4 C’s” of Diamond grading- carat, color, cut and clarity. But what do they mean? Today let’s discuss color, and how it affects the cost of a diamond. Diamond color grades are determined by the GIA scale. The colors on the GIA scale rank from D to Z. A D color Diamond is nearly colorless, and among the most desirable and expensive. These Diamonds, along with E and F are considered the best. Next, G-J are considered nearly colorless and also highly desirable, but cost a bit less than colorless diamonds. When...
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This Bavarian Town is Literally Built with Diamonds

You might say that Nördlingen, Bavaria is a dazzling place to live- but not just because the picturesque city looks like something right out of a painting. It’s because Nördlingen was literally built with Diamonds- more specifically a material called suevite, which was deposited by an asteroid millions of years ago. Suevite is a composite of Diamonds, glass and crystals, which the early settlers of Nördlingen used to build their homes. As a result, today it is estimated that the city of Nördlingen is built with 72,000 tons of Diamonds. Yes, that’s right. Seventy-two-thousand tons of diamonds! But before you...
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Top Reasons to Design Your Own Diamond Jewelry

Walk into any jewelry store in America and you’ll likely find at least one shiny bauble that catches your eye. But despite the beauty of many of these pieces, they all lack some elements that custom jewelry can offer. So, what’s the big deal about custom jewelry- and why is it better than what you can get pre-made in stores? It’s as unique as you are When investing in something as precious and valuable as Diamond jewelry, you don’t want to look like everyone else. Jewelry conveys your own unique style in ways clothing and other accessories simply can’t.  Having...
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How to Keep Your Custom Engagement Ring a Surprise

You want to pull off the perfect proposal- but hiding it from your savvy, soon-to-be fiancée can be challenging, especially when it comes to the Diamond engagement ring.  You want it to be a surprise, but you want to design a Diamond ring she’ll love, too. So, how do you get her input on what she likes and dislikes without giving away the surprise? Here are some tips for keeping what may be the biggest secret of your life. Does your significant other have a best friend or close relative that knows her preferences but won’t ruin the surprise? Let...
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Replacement Ring Makes National News

A couple in Illinois recently made headlines when after 67 years of marriage the husband gifted his wife a new ring. But this wasn’t just any ring, it was a replacement Diamond engagement ring that the husband gifted his wife as a replacement for her original Diamond ring which went missing from her room in the couple’s nursing home. The beautiful gesture proves that Diamonds are a timeless gift for any occasion – whether it be birthdays, anniversaries or even Valentine’s Day. It also serves as a reminder that just because it may not be your original diamond ring, it...
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Deconstructing the 4 C’s of Diamond Grading: Clarity

Another characteristic to consider when investing in a Diamond is Diamond clarity. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) defines Diamond clarity as the absence of any internal or external flaws in or on the Diamond. While there is really no such thing as completely flawless Diamond, some have more flaws than others- and some have more visible flaws than others.  To determine how flawed a Diamond is, GIA developed the clarity scale, which is comprised of 11 grades. They are:   Flawless (FL) – No visible inclusions at 10-times magnification Internally Flawless (IF) – Flaws only visible at 10-times magnification Very, Very...
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Deconstructing the 4 C’s of Diamond Grading: Cut

When it comes to the 4C’s of Diamond cutting, the cut of a Diamond is arguably the most important “C” affecting the look of a Diamond. The cut of a Diamond has seven main components: Brightness: the light reflected from the Diamond Fire: light dispersion Scintillation: pattern of light Weight ratio Durability Polish Symmetry: symmetry of Diamond     These are determined by how well the Diamond is cut- NOT- by the shape it is cut to, as many people believe. A well cut stone can affect the value of a Diamond dramatically, no matter the carat weight, color or...
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Deconstructing the 4 C’s of Diamond Grading: Carat Weight

  When most people think of buying Diamonds, carat weight is what they think of first. In fact, many people think the higher the carat weight, the better. Unfortunately this isn’t always true, as very flawed and off-color stones can have a high carat weight and cost far less than a nearly flawless stone with a lower carat weight. Carat weight got its name from the carob seed, which used to be used as a guide to tell how big a Diamond was. Today, we don’t use carob seeds to measure carat weight anymore, but we still use the term...
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Colored Diamonds to Soar in 2019

According to a recent report by Barron’s, colored Diamonds will be sound investments in 2019.  Colored diamonds, or ‘fancy’ diamonds as they are sometimes known, are naturally-occurring colored stones which have been found in an array of unique colors, such as blues, yellows, greens and pinks. These rare gems have recently made headlines thanks to record-sales at some very high-profile auction houses such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s. According to the article, pink diamonds especially are expected to increase in value and demand as the world’s foremost pink diamond mine, the Argyle Diamond Mine in Australia will be closing by 2020. ...
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How Did The Tennis Bracelet Get Its Name?

            The Diamond tennis bracelet is probably one of – if not the- most famous types of bracelets. But do you know the fascinating history behind these beautiful wrist adornments?  Here’s a brief look into the story behind how the tennis bracelet became the tennis bracelet. It all started in 1987, during the US Tennis Championships. Tennis superstar Chris Evert was playing a match and called for a time out when her diamond bracelet fell off her wrist and onto the court. Evert requested time to locate the bracelet, which fell off because it did...
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What is the XXX Diamond Rating?

  If you are in the market for Diamonds, you may have heard the term “triple-x rating” when referring to a Diamond, but you may not understand what this rating means.  Triple-x is the shortened version of “triple excellent,” or in other words, a Diamond which is considered excellent in cut, symmetry and polish. It is important to note that even if a Diamond has earned a XXX rating, there is more to consider than just that triple-excellence rating.  To truly invest in the best Diamond for your money, you must take all “4C’s” into consideration when selecting a Diamond...
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Why do We Propose with Diamonds?

Proposing to a potential bride with a Diamond ring is a tradition long thought to be started by a 1930’s advertising campaign, however the tradition dates back much further. It is believed to have started centuries ago, when men used to attach rings on strings attached to keys to indicate a woman was his property.  Thankfully, that tradition has ended, but the tradition of presenting a partner with a Diamond lives on. The advent of the Diamond ring is believed to have begun in 1477 when Archduke Maximillian of Austria presented a Diamond to Mary of Burgundy.  Soon, a trend...
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Natural Heart-Shaped Diamond Found in Time for Valentine’s Day

A rare, naturally-occurring heart-shaped Diamond was recently found in Russia- on the day before Valentine’s Day, no less. The 65.7 carat Diamond is rare not just for its enormous size, but because heart shaped Diamonds rarely occur in nature. The most commonly occurring Diamond shape is the octahedron. The heart-shaped Diamond is now being analyzed to determine the best way to cut it.

Diamonds are a Man’s Best Friend, Too

According to a recent article in the pop culture blog HighSnobiety, Diamond jewelry and embellishments are becoming a fashion trend among men. Many designers have already begun to incorporate Diamonds into their clothing and men’s bags, while others have embellished watches and belt buckles with Diamonds. While this trend does not appear to be overtaking the popularity of women’s Diamonds anytime soon,  why not try a little bit of Diamond jewelry for yourself? Diamond Factory Dallas can customize your very own piece of custom, timeless Diamond jewelry to help keep you right on trend. To learn more about our custom...
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Diamonds 101: What is Girdle Thickness?

  There’s a term you may have heard of when discussing Diamonds. That term is the “girdle” of the diamond, or the perimeter that separates the top of the Diamond (known as the crown) and the bottom (known as the pavilion). Though the girdle of a Diamond may not affect the Diamond’s appearance, it can throw off the Diamond’s symmetry, making it worth less than it could be. Furthermore, depending on the width of the girdle, the Diamond may or may be less prone to damage. There are six girdle measurement ratings, ranging from “extremely thin” to “extremely thick.” They...
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The Science of Stacking

Do you want to breathe new life into your Diamond rings? A timeless look that’s catching fire right now is the stacking trend. What is the stacking trend, exactly? Well, it’s stacking layers of rings on the same finger to create an entirely new look!     The fun in stacking is that you don’t have to stick to the same style: you can mix Diamond shapes, colors and sizes, or even metals. Dress up a dainty round brilliant eternity band with a row of rose gold princesses. That emerald cut white gold anniversary band would look amazing with a...
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Why Buy Diamonds Locally?

As any good shopper knows, you have to shop around to get the best deal. Not too long ago, this meant either browsing sale flyers or driving store to. Today we live in an increasingly global world, where you can buy anything at any time of the day or night. From books to houses, cars and clothing buying online has become a regular occurrence in many of our lives. But what about when it comes to buying Diamonds or custom jewelry? Sure, it’s easier than schlepping all over town for bargains, but is really better? Not exactly. In addition to...
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Authentic Diamonds May Soon Be Tracked With Blockchain

With so many synthetic Diamonds beginning to flood the marketplace, Diamond experts are calling for a better system to track and verify authentic Diamonds. That’s where the startup BitCarat steps in. BitCarat is a blockchain system which aims to track a Diamond from the mine and each step along the way- from being cut to its final stop adorning its owner. This system would track every change to the Diamond’s record, and would thus be impossible to falsify. Experts hope this new system will assign a code and allow a permanent record for Diamonds, and would not track fake or...
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Glossary of Diamond Terms

If you are shopping for Diamonds, there are probably more than a few terms you’ve never heard before. But while you may not think it’s that big of a deal to not know their meanings, when it comes to buying Diamonds, the more you know, the better. Here is a glossary of some common Diamond-related terms you may encounter during your purchase! Girdle: The girdle of a Diamond is the Diamond’s perimeter, which divides the pavilion from the top of the Diamond, the crown. The girdle is generally where the prongs on a ring sit, and there are ideal girdle...
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